Good Questions: How To Set Up Network File-Sharing Between a PC and a Mac?

Good Questions: How To Set Up Network File-Sharing Between a PC and a Mac?

Anthony Nguyen
May 11, 2009

Dear Unplggd,

I'm looking to buy a Macbook to complement my home PC and using the PC for my main file storage. Is there an easy way to sync the folders or share files from my Mac to my PC (and vice versa)? I'm not even sure if this is possible. Please let me know, thanks!

-Angie from Portland, OR

Hey Angie!

Thanks for writing. We're glad to hear you're embracing both the Mac and PC world - a little diversity never hurt anyone, right?

Anyway, about your file sharing question. It's a tricky one, but we'll give it a go. Basically, Macs and PCs use different file systems to organize files. So, you can't just plug a drive formatted with Windows and have it instantly pick up on the Mac with no issues. Additionally, the way each operating system handles file sharing is a little bit different too, so you'll have to keep that in mind.

Luckily for you, we've seen this issue come up before. The team at Lifehacker has done an excellent write-up regarding file sharing over a network between Mac and PCs that you can refer to below:

Basically, using the steps outlined by Lifehacker, you can easily set up your Mac to mount your shared PC drive/folder every single time it boots up and vise versa. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us.

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